Former England defender Steven Caulker has switched eligibility to signify Sierra Leone, FIFA stated on Friday.
Caulker, who has a grandparent from Sierra Leone, can now be chosen for the African Cup of Nations. Caulker will flip 30 earlier than the event begins on Jan. 9 in Cameroon. Sierra Leone is in a bunch with Algeria, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea.
He was with Tottenham when making his solely look for England in November 2012, scoring in a 4-2 loss at Sweden. The recreation is finest recognized for Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring his fourth aim with a long-distance overhead kick.
Because that recreation was a pleasant and Caulker by no means performed in a contest recreation for England, FIFA guidelines let him swap eligibility to a rustic the place he all the time had a household hyperlink.
Caulker at the moment performs in Turkey with Gaziantep, on mortgage from Fenerbahçe.